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[TechRadar] Computex: The Asus ZenBook 3 slays the Apple MacBook in specs and price
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Computex: The Asus ZenBook 3 slays the Apple MacBook in specs and price

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/laptops/Asus/ZenBook%203/Asus%20ZenBook%203-470-75.jpg" alt="Computex: The Asus ZenBook 3 slays the Apple MacBook in specs and price"/><p>If you were a fan of the ZenBook UX305, you're going to love the ultra-thin ZenBook 3.</p><p>Asus pulled the wraps off of its <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/new-macbook-2015-1287806/review">MacBook</a> rival at Computex 2016, touting the Ultrabook weighs in at a scant 2 pounds and 11.9mm (0.46-inches) thick. By comparison, the Apple MacBook .51-inches (13.1mm) tall and tips the scales at 2.03 pounds (0.92kg).</p><p>The weighting and thickness reductions are even more striking when you consider the previous <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/asus-zenbook-ux305-1264384/review">ZenBook UX305</a> weighed 2.64 pounds and was 12.9mm thick (0.51-inches). </p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/laptops/Asus/ZenBook%203/Asus%20ZenBook%203b-420-90.jpg" alt="Asus ZenBook 3" width="420"></img></p><p>Despite scaling down the weight and size of the ZenBook, the model 3 is a powerhouse thanks to an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB PCIe SSD. </p><p>Asus hasn't skimped on the premium built quality either. The 12.5-inch screen is covered by a big sheet of Gorilla Glass 4 and the body of the laptop itself is made from &quot;aerospace-grade aluminum alloy,&quot; which the electronics firm claims to be 40 percent than most other laptops.</p><p>As for making it so thin, Asus explains it developed the world's thinnest 3mm fan to keep the laptop's Core I-series processor cool while keeping it incredibly thin. Oh and it has a fingerprint scanner for good measure and letting users sign in with Windows Hello.</p><p><img src="http://mos.futurenet.com/techradar/art/laptops/Asus/ZenBook%203/Asus%20ZenBook%203a-420-90.jpg" alt="Asus ZenBook 3" width="420"></img></p><p>The ZenBook 3 also utilizes a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port for charging to top off an empty machine back to 60% in 49 minutes. What's more, Asus claims users can expect nine hours of usage.</p><p>Surprisingly all of these premium features come with an affordable price tag. The ZenBook 3 starts at only $999 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. That said, the price goes up to a more significant $1,499 with the 512GB SSD upgrade.</p><p>You can also get a richly specced machine with the added Core i7 processor, 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM for $1,999.</p><ul><li>See the rest of our <a href="http://www.techradar.com/tag/Computex%202016">Computex 2016 coverage</a></li></ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/ug_WRbww5Ic" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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